Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Linda A. King, J.D., Gable & Gotwals

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Linda A. King, J.D., Gable & Gotwals

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Linda King grew up the oldest of four children. She refers to herself as bossy, goal-oriented, conventional and practically a fanatic about efficiency.

She was drawn to the legal profession by its emphasis on clear thinking, clear communication and advocacy, as well as the realization that knowledge is power.

I wanted to be able to use that power well and carefully in order to further the aims of clients, the community at large and myself, King said.

She received her bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Christian College and her law degree from the University of Oklahoma. King practiced as an associate attorney for Bulla, Horning & Johnson for three years before she and her husband, Eric, started their own firm in 1979. In 1995, she joined the Oklahoma City law firm of Gable & Gotwals.

King is active in the Oklahoma and American bar associations and the Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society, serving as the 1999-2000 president. She received the Oklahoma Bar Association Golden Quill Award in 1999 and has been named Outstanding Alumna from Oklahoma Christian University.

As an attorney who has made her living rendering legal opinions on oil and gas matters, I have always placed a high value on communication and the careful choice of words, she said.

King volunteers her time serving as vice president and former president of UR Special Ministries and Predisan. She also chairs the adult education committee at Dayspring Church of Christ and is active with the Edmond Women's Club. Previously, she was appointed by Governor Nigh to serve two terms on the Oklahoma Commission on Deaf & Hearing Impaired.

In each of my areas of personal service, I've been challenged to go beyond by 'comfort zone' and try something new and completely foreign to me, she said.

Whether it's learning to sew dresses and sleepwear for Edmond's needy and at-risk children or drumming up the courage to withstand adverse conditions while helping to operate health care clinics in Honduras, King said she has been rewarded for her decision to try new adventures. In fact, King is now traveling to Fort Worth three days a week in pursuit of her theological degree. …

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